As you work to keep your Goldendoodle healthy and active through regular exercise, you will come to realize that the benefits extend to you as well. In fact, one of the major advantages of having a canine companion is the fact that you take them out to exercise, which leads you to exercise regularly as well. Many dog owners become more healthy and active thanks to their new best friends.

The following post takes a closer look at the health benefits you’ll reap from walking your Goldendoodle:

How Walking With Fido Keeps You Fit

  1. Dogs Keep You More Active

A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that 60% of dog owners who took their dogs for regular walks met the minimum federal recommendations (150 minutes) for moderate exercise per week. And, thanks to Fido, almost half of dog walkers exercised at least 30 minutes per day, five days per week. Only 1/3 of non-dog owners got that much exercise.

  1. Dogs Encourage You To Walk Faster

Dogs influence more than the amount of activity you get each week. Researchers at the University of Missouri found that walking a puppy increased walking speed 28% compared with just a 4% increase when walking with a friend. Read more at My Fitness Pal…

If you’ve always thought that taking your dog for a walk is a favor to him, now you know it’s just as important for yourself. This knowledge should encourage you to keep at it — especially since you do have a consistent exercise companion now.

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It is important to ensure that the kind of exercise you offer your dog produces the proper results. What does that mean? Exercise should be rejuvenating rather than stressing. The following post discusses this further:

Exercise For Dogs: Tiring Vs. Taxing

There are two kinds of exhaustion; one is good, and one is not so good. Get up early, pack a lunch, and hike all day long. When you get home you will be tired, but it will feel good. You will rest that evening and sleep hard; it is the best kind of restoration. On the flip-side, get up early, pack your suitcase, and spend the entire day in air travel. Multiple connections, several flights, a rental car, a drive in a strange city, and finally your hotel room. You are tired, and it does not feel good. Your sleep might even be restless and uneasy. Both these scenarios are tiring, but the air travel is also taxing. Both are exhausting, but one drains while the other restores.

With our dogs, we are often trying to tire them out because we recognize restlessness and boredom are bad for them. But too often we present them with activities that are tiring but also taxing, like the air travel scenario.  How do we make sure we are tiring our dogs, but not taxing them? Read more at Positively…

You may not have given much thought about the quality of exercise your dog gets, but as you now see, it’s important.

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At this point you’re probably looking for the best ways to exercise your dog. No worries there: This article has some great tips to for you:

Off the Beaten Path: 10 Fun Ways to Exercise Your Dog

It’s easy to fall into the rut of simply visiting the dog park every day, but that often isn’t the best way to exercise your dog. Here are a few easy ways to leave that familiar park and create a well-rounded exercise program for your dog.

Hit the Trail

Hiking is a fun activity for you and your dog. In addition to the physical exercise, your dog can experience new smells and sights. Just be sure to take reasonable safety precautions, especially on longer hikes.

Play Hide-and-Seek

Play hide-and-seek by putting your dog in a stay, then hiding somewhere in the house or yard and calling your dog to you. When your dog arrives, play with a toy or simply playfully run away for a bit of chase. This is a great way to bond with your dog and get a little bit of cardio in for yourself. Read more at The Animal Rescue Site…

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Hopefully, you now have a few new fitness ideas to try out this summer. Make the most of the sunny, beautiful weather by getting as much outdoor exercise as possible. You and your Goldendoodle will be healthier and happier as a result. Just remember that you both need to stay well hydrated.